Why Gambling on Sports Is Worse Than Juicing

My Whiskerino tweeps on Twitter were arguing yesterday about whether it’s worse to gamble on sports [the Pete Rose offense] or to take performance-enhancing drugs [the Barry Bonds offense]. I meant to blog this last night, but I felt like dogmeat and am just now getting to it on my lunch break. My argument for… Continue reading Why Gambling on Sports Is Worse Than Juicing

Surging in the ‘nati

Dear ESPN: I know that it’s totally cliché to write open letters to you on Weblogs. I mean, I was probably doing it back when I ran TOTK. You know, before I had to shave. [Or before I grew the beard and quit shaving.] Anyway: my beloved Cincinnati Reds have won six straight and eight… Continue reading Surging in the ‘nati

The Lure of the Conspiracy Theory

Why are we tempted to believe in conspiracy theories? New Scientist has a theory: So what kind of thought processes contribute to belief in conspiracy theories? A study I carried out in 2002 explored a way of thinking sometimes called “major event – major cause” reasoning. Essentially, people often assume that an event with substantial,… Continue reading The Lure of the Conspiracy Theory

Idle Thoughts on the Reds

Today, I was watching the Reds when I had this idle thought: Thinking that Josh Hamilton : 2007 Reds :: Brandon Phillips : 2006 Reds, in terms of forcing himself into the lineup. Move EdE to 1B!!! In terms of what I’m thinking here, it’s: Install Josh Hamilton as the everyday CF. Move Ryan Freel… Continue reading Idle Thoughts on the Reds

One Pair of Underwear?

This story about what major league baseball players pack in their suitcase has to be one of the stranger things I’ve read in a major media outlet. Shawn Green brings his own soap on every road trip. Mike Cameron never forgets his lavender linen spray and orange-scented spray for the room. Ichiro Suzuki depends on… Continue reading One Pair of Underwear?

Reds Deal Kearns, Lopez

Bowden heists two everyday Reds for pair of relievers, bag of balls, and the rotting corpse of Royce Clayton. Wayne Krivsky gets a contract extension, and then he pulls this shit?! [And yes, Alex, you know that I’m far more pissed off about Lopez than I am Kearns. We’ve talked about their relative merits, and… Continue reading Reds Deal Kearns, Lopez

Reds Fire GM O’Brien

Dear Dan O’Brien: Yes, you deserved to be fired for the sheer stupidity of the Eric Milton signing alone. Good luck finding a new job, and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Love, Geof

Reds Fire GM O’Brien

Dear Dan O’Brien: Yes, you deserved to be fired for the sheer stupidity of the Eric Milton signing alone. Good luck finding a new job, and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Love, Geof